Hotshops.In: Online Shopping Destination For Leather Lovers
Tell us something about the store owner-the brain behind the brand?
Mumbai based Hotshops.in was conceptualized in early 2013 and finally launched in February this year by Aditya Salvi, an alumnus of the New York Institute of Technology, Manhattan, NY, USA. Prior to this entrepreneurial venture, Aditya has worked at Times Internet Ltd & Putumayo World Music. His interests include charcoal sketching, mixing music and sports.
How did you come up with the idea of creating your own store?
Several small & medium sized retailers in Mumbai are very well known for their in-house specialty items, but they were not venturing into the online space, primarily because it was not their core area of expertise. This was the gap, which Aditya is filling up by providing an online presence for these retailers. The idea was further validated by the positive response received by a number of specialty retailers who have signed up with Hotshops.in.
What is so unique about your online store?
Hotshops.in acts as curators of couture & retail wherein they handpick retailers and products that they would like to showcase – items that are unique with a fashion sense. Hotshops.in currently handles the online listing, shipping & social media for several known boutiques of the Oberoi Shopping Arcade & in the up market Colaba area in Mumbai, which deal in Handicrafts, Leather bags & shoes. The listed items are authentic and of very high quality standards – thus, they are expensive. The Oberoi shopping arcade boasts of the kind of handicraft and semi-precious jewelry, which is hard to find anywhere else. Hotshops.in is working closely with these specialty shops to help reach out to a wider global audience with the best deals possible. Shops like Leopold Café & Café Mondegar at Colaba are unique in their own way with a legacy of fans spanning nearly a century. Their merchandise is really sought after by anyone who has ever been to Mumbai. Courtesy KartRocket, Hotshops.in is able to provide a seamless online shopping & delivery experience to all. Hotshops.in will soon spread its reach to small retailers across Mumbai.
What were the major challenges did you face while starting up?
The idea of Hotshops.in was very well received by several small & medium sized retailers that specialized in Leather jackets, handbags, shoes, etc. However, among the challenges we face, the first is to be able to grab the eyeballs of customers who shop online through advertising and secondly to build their trust. This is where we are putting our current efforts in.
Any learning you want to share with fellow entrepreneurs?
Only one learning – “You can do it, just give it a try!!”
How was your experience with KartRocket?
The KartRocket platform is an easy to use compatible platform and the more time one spends on it the better you get. It’s a complete Do-it-yourself tool, which can enable all web entrepreneurs to launch their e-Commerce ideas with confidence to make a winning business. Dealing with independent web developers is a bit time consuming and exhausting. There is a constant communication gap, which leads to delay in execution of the concept. KartRocket has, however, helped the person with the idea to execute the idea without the middle man interpreting the idea in his own limited way.
Shop from an online store that is the perfect amalgamation of style and tradition. Visit Hotshops.in and get exclusive range of items from apparels, leather accessories, handicrafts, jewelry and antiques.
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